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Old 12-30-2002, 06:00 PM
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Talking mice in the boot

Was the brown bread eaten at all, did you see any missing pieces? If you did, then the mouse was there! But its clever and maybe it needs something that holds together without chipping off so easily as bread. Piece of biscuit, stale meat or a piece of harder cheese which it will have to pull harder and thereby releasing the spring trap. Good luck and a Happy New Year.
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Old 12-30-2002, 06:18 PM
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The best bait by far is peanut butter, never fails try it.
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Old 12-30-2002, 10:21 PM
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Old 12-31-2002, 10:23 AM
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Thought I would chip in here with an idea.

Have you any friends who keep reptiles - see if one will lend you a snake - preferably one that has been starved for a month.

This is a pretty humane way to deal with mice and it is good exercise for the snake.

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Old 12-31-2002, 11:55 AM
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Own a cat?
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Old 12-31-2002, 12:12 PM
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complicated problem

As with most Mercedes problems I can see this one is of a technical nature.

I think the mouse, clearly of german origin, based on the picture posted above has decided to take up residence in your vehicle for a reason.

I would start by getting into his/her head by profiling the mouse. Why this car, why now, why the trunk, why not eat the brown bread? Is the mouse acting alone? Does he or she seem like a loaner? Any behaivoral changes? What motivates this mouse.

Is there a mutually beneficial resolution that can be reached?

Think like a mouse, he/she is probably desperate at this point, capable of almost anything. Are you in danger?

Maybe this mouse is sick or unballanced, maybe it's got rabies??

Maybe the mouse is not the problem at all, maybe it's you??

I would think about all these things, test stuff with a volmeter, measure some clearances, drink a twelve pack, rotate the tires and you should be all set.

Glad to help,
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Old 01-03-2003, 01:19 AM
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Exclamation THIS JUST IN !!!!!

Going the extra yard (meter?) to help a fellow ShopForum member in distress, we spent the New Years break installing surveillance equipment in Sunil's garage in the U.K.

While the rest of you were out partying, catch a load of what was going-down at Sunil's!!!

(Will keep you apprised...)
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Old 01-03-2003, 08:01 AM
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I can't be sure but upon visuall inspection it looks as though the mouse may have been a product of cloaning???
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Old 01-03-2003, 02:14 PM
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O. K. I'm probably gonna take heat for this, but...

Why not get a cat to sit on the roof and wait on Rodney Rodent to come out? If there's no food or water in there he won't stay there long.

I have the same problem with my old Ford. It rarely gets driven and every fall the field mice look for winter quarters. I turned on the heater the other day and seat stuffing flew everywhere!! Unfortunately our resident feline is too refined to catch mice, so my stategy is to place traps around the garage and recycle them to the food chain. Check traps often, a decomposing mouse is sickening to deal with!!
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Old 01-04-2003, 09:23 PM
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Talking Mickey Mouse problem

Hi Joel! You are pretty sharp in your photo examination. I agree with you that the mouse is a "clone". Just examine the shadow of the tails. They are in the same positions. The same mouse image was planted around the car, but its the same one though!

Just lock up the garage, no holes or outlets open for 1 or 2 weeks and starve it out. However, you run the risk of the mouse eating up your car's wiring, seats and other stuff and still stay alive and put on some weight too, LOL.
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Old 01-08-2003, 08:19 AM
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Hey, how about just gassing the rat bastard?

No mercy, one well placed canister and everything and anything in that car will be dead. You too if you forget to air it out before driving

Good luck,
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Old 01-09-2003, 11:49 AM
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Victim of the rodent munchies

I had some rodents chews through a couple of vaccum lines on my C220. They made my car run terrible...It wasnt an expensive fix, only around 100.00...(16.00 for the hoses i think, and then labor), but it does happen. The Mercedes tech told me that for some reason, they get alot of cars with this problem...especially during the winter. Seems they like to crawl up there to get warm.
Anyway...I keep my cars in the garage now if at all possible.
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Old 01-11-2003, 12:10 PM
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i looked under the rear seat and then went on to remove the back rest for the rear seat-the culprit had made a nest in the foam of the back rest-it had used bits of the mat under the back seat and foam to fashion its home.!!

no sign of the rodent in the traps.

i am lucky that the electrics and vacuum lines looked intact.
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Old 01-11-2003, 01:37 PM
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This is where two threads collide. We may have found a solution for you in the General Forum!

How do you keep cats off your fuel distributor?
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